Home opinion-and-analysis Open Sauce What will Ubuntu do for release names after it reaches Z?

Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth has just announced that the next release of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution will be named Xenial Xerus.

And so the question arises – what will he do for release names after he reaches the end of the English alphabet?

Will the project wind up after the Z release? After all, it has been going for 11 years and drawing on Shuttleworth's personal fortune, with no indications that it has yet turned a profit.

Ubuntu made its first release in October 2004, under the name Warty Warthog. After one more release, Hoary Hedgehog, which did not adhere to alphabetical order, the releases shifted to the letter B and led off with Breezy Badger.

The C word was avoided but that apart, all letters of the alphabet, bar the first and the last two, have been gone through in order.

A couple have been repeated – there was Hardy Heron, the second of the Hs, and Wily Werewolf, the second W after the launch, which has just been released.

The letters A, Y and Z remain and more zany names are sure to emerge from Shuttleworth. The African continent has a fair number of exotic animals, and the English language has penty of obscure adjectives.

The Werewolf release, version 15.10, has a 4.2 kernel, and has completed the switch to gcc-5. Canonical's desktop Unity has become more stable.

Alongside the main Ubuntu release, its variants — Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu — have also been released.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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